Do your research beforehand so you are prepared. Walk into the interview with insightful questions that will provoke thought and discussion.
Below are a set of five questions that help spark meaningful discussion.
1) What makes this company a good place to work?
Beyond just the boiler template of how long they have been in business and how they are number one in their field, what makes the company a good place to work? The more articulate and insightful the answer usually means the more engaged and passionate the employees of the company really are.
2) What are the employee retention figures?
As a potential new employee of this company, you want to know what their employee turnover is. Is it a revolving door where employees come and go or is it a stable and loyal workplace where employees stay for several years on average? This shows that you are concerned with the culture and work environment of a company. It also shows you tend to be a loyal employee, since culture is important to you.
3) What are the biggest challenges I might face in this role?
This a key question. It shows you are engaged in the process and take success seriously. The answers will also provide you with an insight of what you need to do and what you will face if you join.
4) How would my performance be evaluated? Is there a standard procedure?
Performance evaluation and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) are key to evaluating success. You want to make sure there is a standard barometer by which they gauge success. The more clear and transparent the criteria, the easier it is for you to measure your performance and the easier it is for you to succeed.
5) What is it about my background that interested you, and is there something specific in my background that you think could lead to success in this role?
This is a great way to find out what an interviewer thinks about you and what their screening process is like. If a potential employer specifically mentions something about your background and why they liked it, it shows they have really spent time reading your CV. This means this person has actively screened your profile and likes what they see. If they seem vague on their answer or just say general responses like “your years of experience in sales”, it leads one to assume your resume hasn’t been screened all that heavily by the interviewer. There is better engagement between employer and employee when the employer has actively sought to recruit a candidate because of their specific skills or background and not just due to affordability or availability.